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Character Interview: Captain Shelby from Jesse Giles Christiansen’s mystery suspense, PELICAN BAY



We’re thrilled to have here today Captain Shelby from Jesse Giles Christiansen’s new mystery suspense novel, PELICAN BAY. Captain Shelby is of unknown years and is a commercial fisherman living in Pelican Bay, South Carolina.

It is a pleasure to have Captain Shelby with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so much for this interview, Captain Shelby.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Methinks me author did his right best, but if all ye scopies had left me alone the way ye should’ve, there’d be no need for this here book. It’s got words too big fer me to read anyway.   

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Color me personality? If ye mean pertrayed, ‘twas better if I was pertrayed as a man left in peace to fetch his fiskr from the deep. A man found innocent of them accidents and other land nonsense.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

PelicanBaymedForMayraFer a man to know himself, he must know the sea. I know the sea better than ye, so I suppose I know meself better than ye.

Worse trait?

Sometimes the sea and her ally, the sky, become right crooked on me behalf. But that wouldn’t happen if ye would leave me be. 

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Me boy Ethan told me once there be this actor named Johnny Depp. Said he could capture all me sides and looks. Don’t know who he be, but methinks Ethan’s a right smart scopie. 

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Love interest? Ye must be referrin’ to me Laura Lie. But she joined the sea too long ago fer me to remember. 

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Never minded much the ways of the land. But truth be told, started gettin’ right nervous when that boat mob formed.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

That poor old Pete and his uncle. In the wrong places at the wrong time, and cursedly part of a dim-witted line.  

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

The ways of the land are only after givin’ a man a fair shake if he follows their plan. Men are quick to condemn he who sails his own course. 

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Please be after showin’ me origins, fer I be a man too, just like ye. 

Thank you for this interview, (name of character).  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

That be up to me author, but truth be said, me nerves be tattered with all this book stuff and land nonsense.

Purchase PELICAN BAY on Amazon.


JGCAuthorPhotoJesse Giles Christiansen is an American author who writes compelling literary fiction that weaves the real with the surreal. He attended Florida State University where he received his B.A. in English literature. He wrote his first novel, “About: Journey Into The Mystic” after spending a summer in Alaska working on fishing boats. His newest novel, “Pelican Bay,” focuses on a very old fisherman, Captain Shelby, and the mysterious happenings linked to him surrounding a nosy, sea-battered beach town (release date: July 20th, 2013, Imajin Books). One of his literary goals is to write at least fifty novels, and he reminds himself always of something that Ray Bradbury once said: “You fail only if you stop writing.”

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